The Crick will be the biggest biomedical research institute under one roof in Europe. The building, which is next to St Pancras station, will house scientists from many disciplines. They will tackle some of the major health challenges of the 21st century.
Scientists will aim to discover why and how diseases develop, as well as researching new ways to diagnose and treat conditions such as cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative disorders.
Research groups will continue to move into their laboratories each week until the end of the year. By early 2017 1,250 scientists and 250 other staff will have moved in and the full research programme will be underway.
The Crick is a collaboration of six founding partners:
Medical Research Council
Cancer Research UK
Imperial College London
King’s College London.
Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome's Director, said: "This is a momentous day for UK and global science. The Francis Crick Institute is built on a foundation of international collaboration and from today we will start to see this vision come to fruition. It's also a hugely proud moment for Wellcome as a founding partner of this partnership with government, charities and leading UK universities.
"The Crick will be an inspirational place for both young people in science and the local community as it opens its doors to the most talented researchers from the UK and around the world.
"The building itself is designed to foster partnerships and creativity that will enable researchers to address many of the greatest health challenges faced by our society."